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Fantasy Focus: Steelers Players in Week 15

It’s an intense weekend of NFL action not only for teams battling for playoff positioning but also for fantasy football enthusiasts. All season-long fantasy football leagues have now moved into their league playoffs and daily fantasy football operators like DraftDay are hosting huge one-day only contests with cash prizes on the line.

Pittsburgh Steelers players have been particularly hard to handicap for fantasy football purposes this season. A murky backfield situation and injuries to Ben Roethlisberger have given fantasy players fits with regards to figuring out “Sit or Start” scenarios involving Steelers players. Here is our rundown of where various fantasy-relevant Steelers players rank relative to their counterparts from around the NFL:

Quarterbacks

Deciding whether or not to start Ben Roethlisberger over another quarterback in your fantasy football playoffs? Some are lucky enough to own one of the few quarterbacks who is a clearly better option for their fantasy squad over Roethlisberger, but many Roethlisberger-owners find themselves with a roughly equally attractive option. Here are a few of the “close calls” at quarterback for fantasy football in Week 15 as they compare to Roethlisberger. Players listed above Roethlisberger would rate as superior options while those listed below should be overlooked in favor of Big Ben.

Josh Freeman
Eli Manning
Robert Griffin III
Colin Kaepernick
Matthew Stafford
Ben Roethlisberger
Tony Romo
Andrew Luck
Matt Schaub
Carson Palmer
Russell Wilson
Philip Rivers

Running Backs

Like Roethlisberger, Jonathan Dwyer is worthy of discussion among other middle-of-the-pack options at running back. Here are players ranked closely to Dwyer in Week 15:

Stevan Jackson
Reggie Bush
David Wilson
Alfred Morris
Frank Gore
Stevan Ridley
Joique Bell
Jonathan Dwyer
Shonn Greene
Jacquizz Rodgers
Mikel LeShoure
Pierre Thomas
DeAngelo Williams

Wide Receiver

At wide receiver, Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown are ranked rather close together, about as closely as two receivers from the same team can be ranked with exceptions of Roddy White and Julio Jones of Atlanta and Dez Bryant and Miles Austin of Dallas. Here are where Wallace and Brown rate relative to other receivers:

Randall Cobb
Denario Alexander
Hakeem Nicks
Miles Austin
Mike Wallace
Eric Decker
Anquan Boldin
Mike Williams
Pierre Garcon
Josh Gordon
Torrey Smith
Lance Moore
Kenny Britt
Cecil Shorts
Dez Bryant
Brandon Lloyd
Davone Bess
Larry Fitzgerald
Golden Tate
Antonio Brown
Stevie Johnson
Sidney Rice
Kendall Wright
Jeremy Kerley
Malcolm Floyd
Greg Jennings

Tight End

Heath Miller is one of the highest ranked tight ends in fantasy for Week 15 thanks in large part to a Cowboys defense that has been simply dreadful at shutting down opposing tight ends this season. Here is where Miller ranks relative to other players at his position from around the league:

Aaron Hernandez
Jimmy Graham
Tony Gonzalez
Jason Witten
Owen Daniels
Heath Miller
Greg Olsen
Martellus Bennett
Vernon Davis
Dennis Pitta
Jared Cook
Brandon Myers
Antonio Gates

Good luck with the remainder of your hair-splitting fantasy football decisions for Week 15 this season!

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